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Questions to ask a potential babysitter?

We put an ad out at the local college looking for a babysitter. When talking to potential babysitters, what questions would you recommend asking? Anyone have any good ideas on how to be sure they're going to be good babysitters?
For reference we have two girls, ages 1 and 3.

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Asked by SAHMlaura at 1:09 PM on Feb. 3, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Ask about experience, references, any kind of first-aid training they might have had, etc. The best thing to do, though, is to let them interact with your girls and see how they do, maybe leave them together while you go to the kitchen to get drinks or something. If they just kinda sit there and seem uncomfortable with them, then you'd probably want to pass them over in favor of someone who gets down on the floor and plays with them.

    Answer by DragonRiderMD at 1:12 PM on Feb. 3, 2009

  • experience, references, are some

    Answer by SThompson21 at 1:13 PM on Feb. 3, 2009

  • 1. What previous experience do you have?
    2. How many families have you babysat for?
    3. What are the ages of the children you've babysat for in the past?
    4. What is the most important thing you've learned from your previous babysitting experience?
    5. Why do you want to continue babysitting?
    6. Can you provide me with the names and addresses of three previous employers?
    1. Are you familiar with our house rules?
    2. Do you have any questions about these rules?
    3. How will you enforce these rules?
    4. What will you do when the children try to bend or break the rules?
    5. How will you respond when the children follow the rules?
    1. What experience do you have handling emergencies?
    2. What number would you call in an emergency?
    3. How would you reach me?
    4. What's the first thing you would do if there were a fire?
    5. What would you do if the electricity wen

    Answer by josalin at 1:13 PM on Feb. 3, 2009

  • 1. What games do you like to play with the kids?
    2. If I came home unexpectedly, what might you be doing?
    3. What will you do while the TV is off?
    4. How will you involve the kids with meals and snacks?
    5. What creative things do you like to do while you're babysitting?
    1. What is the hourly rate that you charge for your services?
    2. How would you like to be paid, with cash or a check?
    3. How often do you expect to be paid?

    Answer by josalin at 1:14 PM on Feb. 3, 2009

  • 1. Do you know infant CPR?
    2. What formal training have you had?
    3. Have you supervised children of this age group before?

    Answer by amber710 at 3:10 PM on Feb. 3, 2009

  • i have been asked how long have you been siting for and differnet things like that.. do they have ref so you can call them.
    when do u need a sitter i will be home around the end of march if u need help i can help you out.. am looking for something..

    Answer by indianamom2006 at 7:09 PM on Feb. 3, 2009

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